Managing Redundancy: A Practice Perspective on Emergent Standardization in a Hospital Unit

Troels Sune Mønsted, Kristoffer Fossum, Margunn Aanestad

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Data redundancy constitutes a challenge in modern healthcare systems, and is therefore critical to address. This has nurtured a sustained debate on how this challenge may be addressed through standardization of e.g. information models and technologies. However, redundant data also has an important role in clinical practice. This calls for improved understanding on the role of standards, and flexibility that enables necessary redundancy. In this paper, we present findings from an interpretative case study conducted at an emergencycare unit in a Norwegian hospital. We followed health professionals in all phases of the patient trajectories at the unit. We focused on how redundancy was produced and used in connection with new standardized data representations in newly implemented HISs. The paper aims to answer the following research questions: What are the implications of a local implementation of a standardized data representation for data redundancy? How do these dynamics condition emergent standardization?
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateDec 2018
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018
Event39th International Conference on Information Systems 2018: Bridging the Internet of People, Data and Things - San Francisco Marriott Marquis, San Francisco , United States
Duration: 13 Dec 201816 Dec 2018
Conference number: 39


Conference39th International Conference on Information Systems 2018
Location San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Country/TerritoryUnited States
City San Francisco
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  • Health information systems
  • redundancy
  • standardization
  • flexibility

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